Saturday, August 25, 2018

Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair, N35442: Incident occurred August 22, 2018 in Pittsfield, Somerset County, Maine

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Declared emergency and crashed into riverbed. 

US Department of Homeland Security

US Customs and Border Protection

Date: 23-AUG-18
Time: 02:56:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Operation: 135
Flight Number: OMAHA 35
State: MAINE

PITTSFIELD — Two men were injured when a plane belonging to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations experienced engine trouble and crashed Wednesday night in Burnham after they tried to land at Pittsfield Municipal Airport, officials said.

The plane is a Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair. The two crew members on board were from the agency’s Air and Marine Operations organization, according to Stephanie Malin, branch chief for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs northern/coastal region.

Malin said the plane was conducting “border security operations” when it experienced a suspected engine failure, but said she could not give further details.

The crew, whose names have not been released, were forced to make an emergency off-field landing near the airport.

Both were injured in the crash but able to walk away from the wreckage, Malin said.

One of the men called 911 and gave information on the location of the crash, which was in a wooded area along the Sebasticook River in Burnham, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Both were taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, where one was treated and released while the other was taken to Boston for treatment of more serious injuries, McCausland said.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct the crash investigation.

Air and Marine Operations is one of three main branches of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the other two being the Office of Field Operations and U.S. Border Patrol.

The general purpose of Air and Marine Operations is to assist with border security and sometimes with search and rescue missions, Malin said.

In 2017, Air and Marine Operations enforcement actions resulted in the seizure or disruption of about 269,790 pounds of cocaine, 384,230 pounds of marijuana, 5,721 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,089 weapons and $26.1 million in cash; 2,573 arrests; and 37,009 apprehensions of illegal aliens, according to the agency’s website.

Other agencies that went to the crash site were Maine State Police, Pittsfield police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Warden Service, the Pittsfield Fire Department and Redington-Fairview Ambulance.

On Thursday morning, Burnham Fire Chief Charlie King could be seen near the crash site, speaking with game wardens who arrived in a boat at a staging area on the Sebasticook River along Peltoma Avenue in Pittsfield.

Vehicles from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection were also at the scene.

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BURNHAM, Maine —  A Customs and Border Protection plane with two people on board crashed Wednesday night at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport after reporting engine trouble, according to police.

The pilot and co-pilot had taken off from the Bangor International Airport when the single-engine plane experienced engine trouble, an FAA spokesperson said.

The crash was reported at 10:57 p.m. about a half-mile from the airport in Burnham. The crash site is near the Sebasticook River, just across the river from the airport.

Both men, who live in upstate New York, survived the crash and were taken to a hospital in Pittsfield, Pittsfield Police Chief Pete Bickmore said.

The pilot sustained a severe eye injury and was expected to be taken to a Boston hospital, police said.

According to Bickmore, the pilot reported engine trouble at a height of about 8,000 feet.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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